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(12) Patent: (11) CA 2793091
(54) English Title: CONVEYOR ROLL WITH CENTRIFUGAL FORCE-OPERATED MAGNETIC BRAKE
(54) French Title: ROULEAU DE TRANSPORTEUR AYANT UN FREIN MAGNETIQUE ACTIONNE PAR FORCE CENTRIFUGE
(51) International Patent Classification (IPC):
  • B65G 13/075 (2006.01)
(72) Inventors :
  • SEJOURNE, JEROME (France)
(73) Owners :
  • INTERROLL HOLDING AG (Not Available)
(71) Applicants :
  • INTERROLL HOLDING AG (Switzerland)
(74) Agent: MOFFAT & CO.
(74) Associate agent:
(45) Issued: 2014-08-12
(86) PCT Filing Date: 2011-04-14
(87) Open to Public Inspection: 2011-11-20
Examination requested: 2012-09-13
(30) Availability of licence: N/A
(30) Language of filing: English

(30) Application Priority Data:
Application No. Country/Territory Date
10 290 202.0 European Patent Office (EPO) 2010-04-14

English Abstract

A conveyor roller (10), comprising a covering element (20), an axle element (40), and a magnetic brake (50) having a magnetic component (51 ) and a braking component (54) corresponding to the magnetic component (51 ), the covering element (20) being rotatably supported about an axis of rotation relative to the axle element (40), the magnetic brake (50) being kinematically provided between the axle element (40) and the covering element (20) and being connected to the axle element (40) and the covering element (20) such that a rotation of the covering element (20) about the axis of rotation can be retarded by the magnetic brake (50), wherein the magnetic component (51 ) and the braking component (54) are arranged displaceably relative to each other between a rest position and a braking position, and wherein further a centrifugal device (60) for a rotational speed-dependent displacement of at least one of the magnetic brake components (51, 54) is provided between the rest position and the braking position.


French Abstract

L'invention porte sur un rouleau de transporteur (10) comprenant un élément de recouvrement (20), un élément d'essieu (40) et un frein magnétique (50) ayant un composant magnétique (51) et un composant de freinage (54) correspondant au composant magnétique (51), l'élément de recouvrement (20) étant supporté de manière rotative autour d'un axe de rotation par rapport à l'élément d'essieu (40), le frein magnétique (50) étant placé d'une manière cinématique entre l'élément d'essieu (40) et l'élément de recouvrement (20) et étant relié à l'élément d'essieu (40) et à l'élément de recouvrement (20) de sorte qu'une rotation de l'élément de recouvrement (20) autour de l'axe de rotation puisse être retardée par le frein magnétique (50), le composant magnétique (51) et le composant de freinage (54) étant disposés d'une manière déplaçable l'un par rapport à l'autre entre une position de repos et une position de freinage, et en outre, un dispositif centrifuge (60) pour un déplacement, fonction de la vitesse de rotation, d'au moins l'un des composants de frein magnétique (51, 54), étant placé entre la position de repos et la position de freinage.


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Claims
1. A conveyor roller (10), comprising a covering element (20), an axle
element
(40), and a magnetic brake (50) having a magnetic component (51) and a
braking component (54) corresponding to the magnetic component (51), the
covering element (20) being rotatably supported about an axis of rotation
relative to the axle element (40), the magnetic brake (50) being
kinematically provided between the axle element (40) and the covering
element (20) and being connected to the axle element (40) and the covering
element (20) such that a rotation of the covering element (20) about the axis
of rotation can be retarded by the magnetic brake (50),
wherein the magnetic component (51) and the braking component (54) are
arranged displaceably relative to each other between a rest position and a
braking position, and wherein further a centrifugal device (60) for a
rotational speed-dependent displacement of at least one of the magnetic
brake components (51, 54) is provided between the rest position and the
braking position.
2. The conveyor roller (10) according to claim 1, wherein the magnetic
component (51) has a magnet carrier (53) and at least one magnet (52)
fixed to the magnet carrier (53).
3. The conveyor roller (10) according to claim 1 or claim 2, wherein the
braking component (54) is formed as a tube portion with a circular cylinder
jacket-shaped cross section.
4. The conveyor roller (10) according to any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein
the
braking component (54) is configured as a fixed component of the covering
element, and wherein in the braking position the magnetic component (51)
is displaced at least partially within the braking component (54) in a
direction parallel to the axis of rotation of the covering element.




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5. The conveyor roller (10) according to any one of claims 1 to 4, wherein
in
the rest position, the magnetic component (51) is arranged outside the
braking component (54) in a direction parallel to the axis of rotation of the
covering element.
6. The conveyor roller (10) according to any one of claims 1 to 5, wherein
the
conveyor roller further has a gearing (70), the gearing (70) being arranged
within the conveyor roller such that via the gearing (70), a rotary relative
movement between the covering element (20) and the axle element (40)
can be converted into a rotary driving motion of a brake drive (55) of the
magnetic brake (50).
7. The conveyor roller (10) according to claim 6, wherein a portion of the
brake
drive (55) is formed as a gear of the gearing (70) of the magnetic brake.
8. The conveyor roller (10) according to claim 6 or claim 7, wherein the
brake
drive (55) is connected with the braking component (54) such that the brake
drive (55) is provided as displaceably supported and jointly rotarily drivable

together with the braking component (54).
9. The conveyor roller (10) according to any one of claims 1 to 6, wherein
the
gearing includes a planetary gearing having a sun gear (75) and at least
one planetary gear (74), and wherein the sun gear (75) of the planetary
gearing is formed as a portion of the brake drive (55) and is displaceably
supported relative to the at least one planetary gear (74) in a direction
parallel to the axis of rotation of the sun gear (75).
10. The conveyor roller (10) according to any one of claims 1 to 9, wherein
the
centrifugal device (60) has a first centrifugal disk (61) and a second
centrifugal disk (63) and at least one centrifugal body (63) arranged
between the first centrifugal disk (61) and the second centrifugal disk (62),




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the first centrifugal disk (61) and the second centrifugal disk (62) each
being
rotatably supported about a common axis of rotation and displaceably
supported relative to each other in a direction parallel to the axis of
rotation,
wherein the at least one centrifugal body (63) is guided in a centrifugal
passage (64), the first centrifugal disk (61) and the second centrifugal disk
(62) having at least along a section of the centrifugal passage (64)
centrifugal disk faces (641, 642) corresponding to each other, at least one
of the two centrifugal disk faces (641, 642) having an inclination causing the

centrifugal disks (61, 62) to be pushed apart by the centrifugal body (63) in
a direction parallel to the axis of rotation, when the centrifugal body (63)
is
displaced outward away from the axis of rotation.
11. The conveyor roller (10) according to claim 10, wherein at least one of
the
two centrifugal disks (61, 62) is biased by a spring element (66) toward the
other centrifugal disk (61, 62) such that along its radial displacement path,
the centrifugal body (63) is in permanent physical contact with the two
centrifugal disks (61, 62).
12. The conveyor roller (10) according to claim 10 or claim 11, wherein the
first
centrifugal disk (61) is configured as a part of the brake drive (55).
13. The conveyor roller (10) according to any one of claims 10 to 12,
wherein
the centrifugal device (60) has a freewheeling function.
14. The conveyor roller (10) according to claim 13, wherein the
freewheeling
function is provided by an extension of the centrifugal passage (64) about a
freewheeling passage (65), the freewheeling passage (65) being contiguous
to the centrifugal passage (64) on the radially inner side of the centrifugal
passage (64) and substantially extending in the circumferential direction of
the centrifugal disks (61, 62).




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15. The
conveyor roller (10) according to claim 13, wherein the freewheeling
function is provided by a centrifugal lock (67) locking the centrifugal disks
(61, 62) relative to each other in a direction parallel to the axis of
rotation.

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Description
Conveyor roll with centrifugal force-operated magnetic brake
Field of the invention
The invention relates to a conveyor roller and to a conveyor path comprising
such a
conveyor roller.
Background of the invention and prior art
Roller conveyors with rollers exist in the prior art. These roller conveyors
are used,
for example, in rack storage systems, wherein a rack can have a plurality of
roller
conveyors arranged above and alongside one another. A plurality of pallets
with
goods can be mounted one behind the other on a roller conveyor, these pallets
running on the rollers.
The roller conveyors are generally loaded either from one side and unloaded
from
the other side, so that the goods that pass onto the roller conveyors first
are also
unloaded again first therefrom. These rack storage systems are called first-
in/first-out
storage systems or FIFO storage systems. Some of these FIFO roller conveyors
have an inclination which slopes from the loading point to the unloading
point, so that
pallets located on the roller conveyor are conveyed in the direction of the
unloading
point by gravitational force.
In another alternative, the roller conveyors are loaded from one side and
unloaded
from the same side, so that the goods that pass onto the roller conveyors last
are
unloaded first therefrom. These rack storage systems are called last-in/first-
out
storage systems or LIFO storage systems. Some of these storage systems also
have
an inclination in the direction of the loading or unloading point. When
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further new pallet, for example by means of a forklift truck, the pallets that
are
already located on the roller conveyor are pushed rearward by the new pallet
counter
to the inclination. Moreover, this inclination has the effect that the pallets
located on
the roller conveyor always line up at the unloading point following the
gravitational
force.
In order to brake the speed of the pallets in the roller conveyors, the
rollers of the
conveyor paths are in part provided with brakes via which the speed of the
rollers,
and hence that of the pallets, can be retarded. It can thereby be prevented
that the
pallets run against one another at excessively high speed.
In some constructions, eddy-current brakes are used for this. Such a device
for
braking individual rollers of roller tracks is described in DE 7300091 U. A
further
construction is described in EP 1 243 528 Al.
Moreover, mechanical centrifugal brakes can be used, for example, in which the

brake pads of the brakes are only contacted with corresponding braking
surfaces at
a specific rotational speed and are then pushed more strongly against the
braking
surfaces when the rotational speed increases due to the centrifugal force.
Thus, it is
ensured that the rollers can rotate in a non-retarded manner at a low speed.
For
higher speeds, an ever greater braking force is provided, so that exceeding of

specific speeds can be prevented. A braking roller of that type is described
in DE 202
12 979 Ul, for example.
Retarded rollers of that type can be damaged or destroyed in particular in the
case of
LIFO conveyors, for example if pallets are pushed, for example by means of a
forklift
truck, at excessively high speed and with great pushing force onto the roller
conveyors counter to the inclination of the conveyor path. In this case, the
centrifugal
brakes are activated and the pallets are pushed against the braking force by
the
forklift truck with great force. Since it is difficult to design the rollers
and the included
braking devices in a sufficiently stable way with reasonable economic outlay,
the
rollers can be damaged thereby. As a result, additional repair and maintenance
costs

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may arise. To solve this problem, EP 1 847 485 Al suggests providing freewheel
in
the braking roller, so that the braking effect of the described centrifugal
brake is only
provided in one direction of rotation.
Object
It is the object of the invention to provide a compact conveyor roller and a
conveyor
path comprising at least one such conveyor roller, which can be produced in a
cost-
effective manner, which have a long service life and require low maintenance
and/or
repair costs during their service life.
Solution to the object
A first independent aspect for solving the object relates to a conveyor
roller,
comprising a covering element, an axle element, and a magnetic brake having a
magnetic component and a braking component corresponding to the magnetic
component, the covering element being rotatably supported about an axis of
rotation
relative to the axle element, the magnetic brake being kinematically provided
between the axle element and the covering element and being connected to the
axle
element and the covering element such that a rotation of the covering element
about
the axis of rotation can be retarded by the magnetic brake, wherein the
magnetic
component and the braking component are arranged displaceably relative to each

other between a rest position and a braking position, and wherein further a
centrifugal device for a rotational speed-dependent displacement of at least
one of
the magnetic brake components is provided between the rest position and the
braking position.
The magnetic brake can be configured as an eddy-current brake, a hysteresis
brake,
or as a generator. An eddy-current brake is a wear-free brake that makes use
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eddy-current losses. Here, an electrically conductive braking component, such
as a
metal disk or a metal tube, which can be formed as a rotor or as a stator, is
moved in
an external magnetic field generated by one or a plurality of permanent
magnets or
electromagnets, whereby currents are created in the braking component, which
in
turn generate a magnetic field that is opposed to the external magnetic field
and thus
brakes the braking component. The electrical resistance of the metal plate
forms an
ohmic load for the eddy currents, whereby the kinetic energy is converted to
heat. In
an eddy-current brake, the magnetizability of the braking component is not of
importance for the induction, only the electrical conductivity is decisive. An
advantage of eddy-current brakes is that they are maintenance-free. A
hysteresis
brake is a brake that is based on the effect of one or more magnets, such as a

permanent magnet or an electromagnet, on a braking component moving relative
to
the magnet, said braking component comprising a ferromagnetic material. Here,
the
motion of the ferromagnetic material in the magnetic field leads to a
continuous
remagnetization of the ferromagnetic material. In contrast to an eddy-current
brake,
the generated force/the generated momentum is not speed or rotational speed-
dependent in a hysteresis brake, i.e. the hysteresis brake operates uniformly
from a
standstill to a constructively possible maximum speed or rotational speed.
Hysteresis
brakes are also characterized by a particularly long service life.
The term "kinematically between" means that the magnetic brake is arranged
along a
brake train between the axle element and the covering element, so that a
braking
torque generated by the brake can be supported on the axle element on the one
hand, and transferred to the covering element on the other hand. The magnetic
component has at least one magnet, which can be formed as an integral
constituent
of the magnetic component or which can be fixed on a magnet carrier of the
magnetic component as a separately produced component part. In particular, it
is
conceivable that several magnets are fixed to a magnet carrier. The braking
component can be made of copper, or another metal, or of an alloy, in
particular of a
brass material. Such a brass material may have a zinc content of between 5 %
and
15 % (percent by weight). A material of that type has a good electrical
conductivity
and can dissipate heat well. A covering element refers to a component part or
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group of component parts, which provide(s) a circular-cylindrical outer
surface of the
braking roller. The term "relative to each other in a displaceable manner"
means that
at least one of the magnetic brake components (magnetic component or braking
component) is displaceable.
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The axle element can be part of a one-part or multi-part axle, on which the
conveyor
roller can be rotatably mounted to a conveyor frame. The axle element(s) can
be
fastened in a rotationally fixed manner to a roller frame. The covering
element can
be supported on the axle via one or more bearings. Such a bearing can be a
roller
bearing or a plain bearing.
The term braking position refers to a position of the magnetic component
relative to
the braking component in which upon a rotation of the magnetic component
relative
to the braking component, there is generated a braking torque between the
magnetic
component and the braking component. The term rest position refers to a
position of
the magnetic component relative to the braking component in which upon a
rotation
of the magnetic component relative to the braking component, there is
generated no
or almost no braking torque between the magnetic component and the braking
component.
The centrifugal device can be configured and coupled with at least one of the
magnetic components such that for a rotational speed-dependent operation, at
least
one of the magnetic brake components is displaceable from the rest position to
the
braking position and/or from the braking position to the rest position due to
the
operation of the centrifugal device.
Developing the claimed conveyor roller, one found that the use of conventional
eddy-
current brakes can be disadvantageous if a braking effect is created by the
eddy-
current brake already in the lower speed range, since thereby the start of
particularly
lightweight goods to be conveyed on conveyor paths with a particularly flat
inclination
can be influenced negatively. By means of the claimed construction, in which
the
magnetic component and the braking component can be brought into a rest
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relative to each other, the braking effect of the eddy-current brake can be
reduced to
almost zero, so that the starting torque of the retarded conveyor rollers can
be
reduced. Thus, it is possible to increase the weight area of goods
transportable on a
conveyor path with such conveyor rollers.
One embodiment relates to the above-described conveyor roller, wherein the
magnetic component has a magnet carrier and at least one magnet fixed to the
magnet carrier.
In the case of a plurality of magnets, they can be arranged such that the
areas of the
magnets with the largest field strength, which usually form a pole of the
magnet, in
the braking position, are arranged with respect to the braking component such
that
the field lines in the areas with the largest field strength (in the following
referred to
as pole field lines) face in the direction of the braking component. Here, the
magnets
can be arranged such that the polarities alternate from one pole to the
immediately
adjacent pole.
Such an embodiment can be realized in different variants. In a first variant,
the
magnet carrier can be connected with components of the conveyor roller in the
inside
of the covering element and rotate relative to the covering element upon
movement
of the conveyor roller. In a second variant, the magnet carrier can be
connected with
the covering element in a rotationally fixed manner, so that the magnet
carrier rotates
together with the covering element and with the same rotational speed as the
covering element. Here, the magnets can be arranged on an annular pole shoe of
a
ferromagnetic material, which increases the magnetic flow. The annular pole
shoe, in
turn, can be arranged on a disk-shaped plate, in particular on a disk-shape
side
cover of the conveyor roller, which is connected with the covering element.
Between
the magnets and the covering element can be formed a circular gap, into which
the
braking component can be displaced toward the braking position. If the disk-
shaped
plate and/or the covering elements is/are also formed of a ferromagnetic
material,
the magnetic flow can be further increased in the circular gap.

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A further embodiment relates to one of the above-described conveyor rollers,
wherein the braking component is formed as a tube portion with a circular-
cylindrical
cross section.
In this embodiment, the magnets of the magnetic component can be arranged such
that the pole field lines extend radially outward with respect to the axis of
rotation of
the covering element. For example, a magnetic component, which in the braking
state is arranged within and/or outside of the braking component formed as a
circular-cylindrical tube portion, can generate a magnetic field in which the
braking
component rotates relative to the magnetic field and passes substantially
perpendicularly through the respective pole field lines.
A further embodiment relates to one of the above-described conveyor rollers,
in
which the magnet carrier rotates in the inside of the covering element
relative to the
covering element, wherein the braking component is configured as a fixed
component of the covering element, and wherein in the braking position the
magnetic
component is displaced at least partially within the braking component in a
direction
parallel to the axis of rotation of the covering element.
The magnetic component can also be arranged fully within the covering element
in
the braking position. The braking component can be formed by an integral
portion of
the covering element, i.e. be produced together with another area of the
covering
element as one piece, or be connected with the covering element, e.g. by a
press fit,
as a separate component part. In the case of a braking component formed as a
circular-cylindrical tube portion, the braking component can be pressed into
the
circular-cylindrical inner circumferential area of the covering element e.g.
by a press
fit, so that a good heat transfer between the braking component and the
covering
element is achieved due to the tight contact between the outer circumference
of the
braking component and the inner circumferential area of the covering element.
Other
fits are conceivable as well. Further, the braking component can be screwed in
the
covering element. Compared with a smooth contact surface, a screw thread has
the
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Other ways of fastening are conceivable as well.
In another embodiment, in particular in an embodiment in which the magnet
carrier is
connected with the covering element in a rotationally fixed manner, the
braking
component can be connected with components of the conveyor roller in the
inside of
the covering element and rotate relative to the covering element upon movement
of
the conveyor roller.
Yet another embodiment relates to one of the above-described conveyor rollers,

wherein the magnetic component, in the rest position, is arranged outside the
braking component formed as the circular-cylindrical tube portion in a
direction
parallel to the axis of rotation of the covering element.
In the rest position, the magnetic component can be arranged partially or
fully
outside the braking component, i.e. it can be displaced to the rest position.
The term
"fully outside" as used herein means that there exists a plane, which is
spanned by
radii on a point of the axis of rotation and which in the rest position
intersects neither
the magnetic component nor the braking component. Thereby, it can be ensured
that
the braking component, in the rest position, is arranged almost fully outside
a
magnetic field of the magnetic component, so that almost no braking effect is
created
upon a rotation of the braking component relative to the magnetic component.
In
other embodiments, a partial overlap of magnetic component and braking
component can be admissible. In both cases, a low braking effect in the rest
position
is envisaged. For example, a low braking effect can be in a range in which the

braking torque, which is generated between the braking component and the
magnetic component in the rest position, is smaller than the braking influence
of
other components of the conveyor roller, such as the friction in bearings
and/or in the
gearing of the conveyor roller. In the rest position, the braking torque
between the
braking component and the magnetic component, which results from the magnetic
field, can e.g. be smaller than 1.2 Nm for a speed between the braking
component
and the magnetic component of 0.1 m/s. Thereby, a start of the conveyor roller
after
a standstill can be eased further.

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A further embodiment relates to one of the above-described conveyor rollers,
wherein the conveyor roller further has a gearing, the gearing being arranged
within
the conveyor roller such that via the gearing, a rotary relative movement
between the
covering element and the axle element can be converted into a rotary driving
motion
of a brake drive of the magnetic brake.
The gearing can be arranged in the conveyor roller, in particular fully within
the
covering element of the conveyor roller. The brake drive can be arranged on
the
braking component and/or on the magnetic component, so that one of the
components or both of the components can be driven in a rotary manner such
that
the braking component and the magnetic component rotate relative to each
other. By
means of a gearing ratio of the gearing, it is possible to have the braking
component
rotate faster relative to the magnetic component than the covering element
relative to
the axle element. A selected gearing ratio can be in a range between 1:3 and
1:36,
for example. Such a gearing can be a planetary gearing operable in a double-
shaft
operation and/or in a three-shaft operation and/or in a multiple-shaft
operation. Here,
a first gearing drive can be formed by the covering element or a part that is
connected, in particular connected in a rotationally fixed manner, with the
covering
element. A second gearing drive can be formed by the axle element or a part
that is
connected, in particular connected in a rotationally fixed manner, with the
axle
element. A gearing drive can be connected with the brake drive. Preferably, a
single-
stage or multistage planetary gearing in the two-shaft operation or three-
shaft
operation is used. Here, the drive in the axle element can be set, in
particular be set
in a rotationally fixed manner, in relation to the mounting of the conveyor
roller in a
roller frame. It is also possible to drive the axle element separately, e.g.
externally, so
that the relative speed between the drives can be varied and the braking
effect be
adjusted thereby.
For example, even for a relatively slow speed of rotation of the covering
element, a
sufficient braking force can be obtained due to a high relative rotational
speed
between the braking component and the magnetic component. In addition, the
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drive can be connected with the centrifugal device, so that they can rotate
together.
Thereby, a sufficient centrifugal force in the centrifugal device for
actuating the
centrifugal device and the associated displacement of at least one of the
magnetic
brake components (magnetic component or braking component) can be achieved.
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A further embodiment relates to one of the above-described conveyor rollers,
wherein the brake drive is formed as a gear of the gearing of the magnetic
brake.
Accordingly, the gear of the gearing can be connected, in particular be
integrally
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example, and
drive them in a rotary manner. With a corresponding design, installation space
can
be saved in the axial direction of the brake drive.
A further embodiment relates to one of the above-described conveyor rollers,
wherein the brake drive is connected to the magnetic component such that the
brake
drive is provided as displaceably supported and jointly rotarily drivable
together with
the magnetic component.
Alternatively, in a further embodiment, the brake drive can be connected with
the
braking component such that the brake drive is provided as displaceably
supported
and jointly rotarily drivable together with the braking component.
Accordingly, the brake drive, in particular a brake drive embodied as a gear
of the
gearing, can be connected with the magnetic component or the braking component
and drive it in a rotary manner. By being supported in a displaceable manner,
the
magnetic component or the braking component can be displaced between a rest
position and a braking position. Here, the displaceable support can be a slid
support
on an axle, for example, in particular on the axle element, so that the brake
drive can
be displaced in a direction parallel to the axis of rotation of the brake
drive. If the
brake drive is embodied as a gear of the gearing, the gearing can be fully
pushed
into the gearing in the braking position of the magnetic component or the
braking
component, so that the gear can be engaged with corresponding gears
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across the whole tooth flank width, so that a large torque can be transferred.
In the
rest position, the gear can be largely withdrawn from the gearing, so that
only a part
of the tooth flank width is engaged with the corresponding gears. In the rest
position,
despite of the little overlap of the engaged teeth, the gear can still be
driven in a
rotary manner even if only little torque can be transferred due to the little
overlap. For
example, the engagement length of the engaged teeth in the rest position can
only
be 20 % of the engagement length in the braking position. It is also
conceivable that
merely an engagement length of 10 % or less is provided in the rest position.
A further embodiment relates to one of the above-described conveyor rollers,
wherein the gearing has at least one planetary gearing having a sun gear and
at
least one planetary gear, and wherein a portion of the brake drive is formed
as the
sun gear of the at least one planetary gearing, which is supported in a
displaceable
manner relative to the at least one planetary gear in a direction parallel to
the axis of
rotation of the sun gear.
Here, the above explanations with respect to the embodiments in which the
brake
drive is embodied as a gear of the gearing of the magnetic brake and/or in
which the
brake drive is connected with the magnetic component such that the brake drive
is
provided as displaceably supported and jointly rotarily drivable together with
the
magnetic component apply.
A further embodiment relates to one of the above-described conveyor rollers,
wherein the centrifugal device has a first and a second centrifugal disk and
at least
one centrifugal body arranged between the first and the second centrifugal
disk, the
first and the second centrifugal disk each being rotatably supported about a
common
axis of rotation and displaceably supported relative to each other in a
direction
parallel to the axis of rotation, wherein the at least one centrifugal body is
guided in a
centrifugal passage, the first and the second centrifugal disk having at least
along a
section of the centrifugal passage centrifugal disk faces corresponding to
each other,
at least one of the two centrifugal disk faces having an inclination causing
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the axis of rotation, when the centrifugal body is displaced outward away from
the
axis of rotation.
The centrifugal body can be provided e.g. in the form of a ball, in particular
in the
form of a steel ball. Other types of centrifugal bodies are conceivable as
well.
The first and the second centrifugal disk can be connected to each other in a
rotationally locked manner or be rotatable about the common axis of rotation
independently from each other. Here, the first and the second centrifugal disk
can be
displaceably supported on a common axle, e.g. the axle element, or on separate
axles in a direction parallel to the axis of rotation. It is also conceivable
that both
centrifugal disks are rotatable, but only one of the two centrifugal disks, in
particular
the first centrifugal disk, is displaceably supported.
The centrifugal passage can be formed on the first centrifugal disk and/or on
the
second centrifugal disk. It is also conceivable that the centrifugal passage
is formed
on a third centrifugal disk arranged between the first and the second
centrifugal disk.
In the case that parts of the centrifugal passage are formed both on the first
and on
the second centrifugal disk, a positive rotational lock between the
centrifugal disks
can be obtained via the centrifugal body, which is received on a side
partially in the
centrifugal passage of the first centrifugal disk and on the other side
partially in the
centrifugal passage of the second centrifugal disk. In the other cases, a
frictional
rotational lock between the centrifugal disks can be obtained via a frictional
force
between the first centrifugal disk and the centrifugal body as well as between
the
second centrifugal disk and the centrifugal body.
If the centrifugal device comprises several centrifugal bodies, several
centrifugal
passages can be provided, wherein in each of the centrifugal passages one
centrifugal body can be guided. In particular, three centrifugal bodies can be
provided, each of them being guided in a separate centrifugal passage. The
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direction by 120 . The centrifugal passage can have a portion that extends
radially in
the direction of the outer area of the centrifugal disks. The portion can take
a curved
course or a substantially straight course. For example, the portion can extend
in
parallel with a radial axis extending from the axis of rotation, or coincide
with the
radius.
Further, it is conceivable that both the centrifugal disk face of the first
centrifugal disk
and the centrifugal disk face of the second centrifugal disk have an
inclination. The
inclination can increase from an inner area of the centrifugal disk toward a
radially
more outward outer area of the centrifugal disk and toward the adjacent
centrifugal
disk. In other words, the areas of the centrifugal disk faces of the
centrifugal disks
which are located more outward toward the covering element can be arranged
closer
to each other than the areas of the centrifugal disk faces which are located
more
inwardly toward the axis of rotation. Accordingly, the centrifugal body can be
pushed
outward by the centrifugal force and thereby engange an oblique plane, which
is
formed by at least one of the centrifugal disk faces. A force component
resulting from
the centrifugal force, which acts in a direction parallel to the axis of
rotation of the
centrifugal disk, pushes the centrifugal disks apart. In doing so, the
centrifugal body
is supported on the other centrifugal disk.
A further embodiment relates to one of the above-described conveyor rollers,
wherein at least one of the two centrifugal disks is biased by a spring
element in the
direction of the other centrifugal disk such that along its radial
displacement path, the
centrifugal body is in permanent physical contact with the two centrifugal
disks.
Here, the spring force of the spring element can be such that the centrifugal
body
only develops a centrifugal force, which causes the centrifugal disks to be
pushed
apart against the spring force when it exceeds a first limit rotational speed.
That is,
the force component resulting from the centrifugal force, which acts on the
centrifugal disks in a direction parallel to the axis of rotation of the
centrifugal disks,
exceeds the spring force only at a specific rotational speed, so that the
centrifugal
disks start moving apart from each other only at this first limit rotational
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component (magnetic component or braking component) of the magnetic brake,
which is connected with one of the centrifugal disks, is pushed toward the
other
component only at this first limit rotational speed, so that the magnetic
brake starts
generating a braking torque only at the first limit rotational speed.
Moreover, the spring force of the spring element and the spring compression
path
can be such that the magnetic brake components are located in the braking
position
at a second limit rotational speed, in which the braking component is arranged
fully
within the magnetic field generated by the magnetic component.
A further embodiment relates to one of the above-described conveyor rollers,
wherein the first centrifugal disk is configured as a part of the brake drive.
The first centrifugal disk can be attached directly or indirectly, i.e. via
further parts, to
the brake drive as a separate part in a rotationally fixed manner. It is also
conceivable that the first centrifugal disk is attached directly or indirectly
to the
magnetic component in a rotationally fixed manner. In a further embodiment,
the first
centrifugal disk can be formed integrally with the brake drive, in particular
with a
brake drive formed as a gear of the gearing, and/or integrally with the
braking
component of the magnetic brake, or integrally with the magnetic component of
the
magnetic brake, in particular with a magnet carrier of the magnetic component.
In
particular, both the first centrifugal disk and the brake drive formed as a
toothed gear
of the gearing as well as the magnet carrier of the magnetic component of the
magnetic brake can be formed integrally, i.e. be made of one piece. This
integral
component part can be rotatably supported on the axle element, which can be
configured as a continuous axle.
A further embodiment relates to one of the above-described conveyor rollers,
wherein the centrifugal device has a freewheeling function.
The freewheeling function can be such that the centrifugal device is actuated
upon a
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rotational speed, and that the centrifugal device is not actuated upon a
rotation in a
second direction of rotation, which is opposite to the first direction of
rotation, even if
a limit rotational speed is exceeded. In the case of the above-described
embodiment,
in which a centrifugal body is arranged between a first and a second
centrifugal disk,
5 the centrifugal body can be enabled, upon a rotation in the first
direction of rotation,
to move outward along the centrifugal passage, while the centrifugal body is
fixed in
the inner area of the centrifugal device upon a rotation in the second
direction of
rotation.
10 A further embodiment relates to one of the above-described conveyor
rollers,
wherein the freewheeling function is provided by an extension of the
centrifugal
passage about a freewheeling passage, the freewheeling passage being
contiguous
to the centrifugal passage on the radially inner side of the centrifugal
passage and
substantially extending in the circumferential direction of the centrifugal
disks.
This configuration makes it possible for the centrifugal body to enter the
freewheeling
passage due to its inertia upon the start of the centrifugal disk(s) in the
direction of
the second direction of rotation, and to be held in the freewheeling passage
when
the rotation of the centrifugal disk(s) in the second direction of rotation
continuous,
so that it is prevented from entering the centrifugal passage. Here, the
freewheeling
passage can have a course differing slightly from a mere circumferential line,
which
extends away from the connection point of the freewheeling passage with the
centrifugal passage in a spiral-like manner, for example, and slightly departs
radially
outward from the circumferential line. With such a course, the centrifugal
body would
be held in the area of the freewheeling passage during a rotation of the
centrifugal
disks due to the centrifugal force, the freewheeling passage extending
radially
furthest toward the covering element. Thus, due to the centrifugal force,
during a
rotation, the centrifugal body in the freewheeling passage would be prevented
from
being displaced toward the centrifugal passage, from then entering the
centrifugal
passage, and from finally actuating the centrifugal device.
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wherein the freewheeling function is provided by a centrifugal lock locking
the
centrifugal disks relative to each other in a direction parallel to the axis
of rotation.
"locking ... in a direction parallel to the axis of rotation" means that the
centrifugal
disks are prevented from moving apart in this direction. This construction of
the
freewheeling function makes it possible for the centrifugal disks to be fixed
in the
axial direction relative to each other upon a start of the centrifugal disk(s)
in the
direction of the second direction of rotation, so that the centrifugal body is
held in a
radially inward position and is prevented from entering the centrifugal
passage even
if the centrifugal force increases. The lock can be established by a latching
element,
which can engage a corresponding locking face from behind upon locking.
Such a latching element can be arranged on one of the centrifugal disks, for
example. The latching element can be integrally connected with the centrifugal
disk.
The locking face can be arranged on the other centrifugal disk, e.g. on a side
of a
passage opening which can be penetrated by the latching element in an axial
direction.
A further embodiment relates to one of the above-described conveyor rollers,
wherein one of the centrifugal disks is connected with the brake drive. In
this
embodiment, the first centrifugal disk, which is connected with the brake
drive, can
have stops that restrict or prevent a movement of the centrifugal disk in a
direction
parallel to the axis of rotation of the covering element. The stops can be
formed as
finger-like projections, in particular integrally with the first centrifugal
disk. Recesses
can be provided on the second centrifugal disk, through which the finger-like
projections project, so that the finger-like projections can be supported on
an
abutment on the other side of the second centrifugal disk. This configuration
ensures
that the braking function of the conveyor roller can be maintained even if the
spring
element, which is provided for biasing the two centrifugal disks, breaks.
A second independent aspect for solving the object relates to a conveyor path
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conveyor roller described above with reference to the first aspect.
In the following, individual embodiments for solving the object will be
described by
way of example with reference to the figures. The individual, described
embodiments
partly include features that are not absolutely necessary for realizing the
claimed
subject matter, but which provide characteristics desired for specific
applications.
Thus, embodiments not including all features of the embodiments described
below
are also considered to be disclosed by the described technical teaching. In
order to
avoid unnecessary repetitions, specific features will only be mentioned with
respect
to individual embodiments described in the following. It is pointed out that
the
individual embodiments are not to be contemplated only individually, but also
in
combination. From this combination, the skilled person will see that
individual
embodiments can be modified by incorporating one or more feature of other
embodiments. It is point out that a schematic combination of individual
embodiments
with one or more features described with respect to other embodiments can be
desirable and expedient, and therefore is to be taken into consideration and
be
considered to be comprised by the description.
Brief description of the drawinos
Figure 1 shows a longitudinal view of an embodiment of a conveyor roller
with
an eddy-current brake in a rest position.
Figure shows a longitudinal view of the embodiment of the conveyor
roller of
Figure 1 in a braking position.
Figure 3 shows a side view of the eddy-current brake of the conveyor
roller of
Figure 1.
Figure 4 shows a side view of a centrifugal disk of a centrifugal device of
the
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Figure 5 shows a side view of the centrifugal disk of Figure 4 upon a
start of the
conveyor roller in a direction of rotation in which a freewheeling function
of the conveyor roller is activated.
Figures 6a and 6b show two corresponding centrifugal disks of a further
embodiment
of a conveyor roller with a centrifugal lock in a locking position in which
the freewheeling function is activated.
Figures 7a and 7b show the corresponding centrifugal disks of Figures 6a and
6b in
an unlocked position in which the braking function is provided.
Figure 8 shows an exploded view of components of a further embodiment
of the
conveyor roller with a modified centrifugal device and a modified
magnetic brake.
Figures 9a and 9b show the embodiment of Figure 8 in a longitudinal view and a

cross section through the conveyor roller.
Figure 10 shows a side view of the first centrifugal disk 61 and the
second
centrifugal disk 62 of the embodiment of Figure 8.
Figure 11 shows two isometric views from different directions of the
first
centrifugal disk 61 of the embodiment of Figure 8.
Detailed description of the drawings
Figure 1 shows an embodiment of a conveyor roller 10 with a covering element
20,
which is supported on an axle via bearings 30, of which only one is shown. In
the
illustrated embodiment, the axle is configured in a two-part form, so that the
conveyor roller 10 has an axle element 40, which in the conveyor roller 10
illustrated
in Figure 1 is arranged on the left side of the conveyor roller 10. Moreover,
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construction with a continuous axle is conceivable as well.
Within the covering element 20, the illustrated conveyor roller 10 has a
gearing 70, a
magnetic brake 50 configured as an eddy-current brake, and a centrifugal
device 60.
The gearing 70 is configured as a two-stage planetary gearing with a first
gearing
stage 71 and a second gearing stage 72. Each of the gearing stages 71, 72 has
a
planet carrier 76 with three planetary gears 74 rotatably supported on the
planet
carrier 76, which are engaged with a ring gear 73 on the one hand, and with a
sun
gear 75 on the other hand. The sun gear 75 of the first gear stage 71 is
integrally
formed on the planet carrier 76 of the second gear stage 72. The sun gear 75
of the
second gear stage is integrally formed on a brake drive 55 of the magnetic
brake 50.
Other construction types of a planetary gearing are conceivable as well. Other
gearing types that can transfer sufficient torque and ensure the desired gear
ratio
can be used instead of a planetary gearing.
Further, in the illustrated embodiment, the brake drive 55 is formed
integrally with a
magnet carrier 53 of the magnetic brake 50. Several magnets 52 are fixed to
the
magnet carrier 53. In the illustrated embodiment, the magnets are formed as
flat bar
magnets, which are arranged circumferentially around the magnet carrier 53,
wherein
the positive poles and the negative poles of the magnets alternatingly face
radially
outward. The arrangement of the magnets 52 can be better seen in Figure 3.
Figure 3 shows a side view of the eddy-current brake of the conveyor roller 10
of
Figure 1 along a line designated with C-C in Figure 2.
Four out of eight magnets 52 are illustrated in Figure 3. An anchor ring 56
for
increasing the magnetic flow is arranged radially within the magnets. The
anchor ring
can also be referred to as a pole shoe. A braking component 54 and the
covering
element 20 are contiguous radially outside of the magnets. The magnets 52 and
the
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component 51 can rotate within the braking component 54.
In the illustrated embodiment, the braking component 54 of the magnetic brake
50 is
in the form of a tube portion with a circular-cylindrical cross section. The
braking
5 component 54 can be made of brass, for example.
As is shown in Figure 1, in the illustrated embodiment, the braking component
54
rests on the covering element 20 with the outer circumference thereof, which,
as it is
shown, in the longitudinal direction of the conveyor roller 10, is composed of
at least
10 two component parts, which about against each other in a flush manner in
the area
of the braking component 54. In the illustrated embodiment, one of the two
component parts is a housing element of the gearing 70, which thus is part of
the
gearing 70 and the covering element 20 likewise in this embodiment. The
braking
component 54 can be screwed or press-fit into one or both of the component
parts
15 that abut against each other in a flush manner. Other joining methods are
conceivable as well. Moreover, it is conceivable that the covering element 20
merely
is made of one or of more than two parts.
In the illustrated embodiment, the magnet carrier 53 is supported on an axle
element
20 40 of the conveyor roller 10 in a rotatable and axially displaceable
manner.
In the rest position shown in Figure 1, the magnet carrier 53 is displaced to
the
position the furthest on the right in the figure. Here, the magnet carrier 53
is pushed
to and held in this position by a spring element 66, which is embodied as a
coil
spring in the illustrated embodiment.
In this position, the magnets 52 of the magnetic component 51 are that far
outside
the magnetic field of the magnets 52 that the magnetic field only has a
negligible
influence on the braking component 54. In other words, in this position of the
magnetic component 51 in relation to the braking component 54, no or only a
negligible braking effect is achieved even if the magnetic component 51
rotates
relative to the braking component 54. Therefore, this position is referred to
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rest position of the magnetic brake 50.
Figure 2 shows the embodiment of the conveyor roller 10 of Figure 1 in a
position in
which the magnetic component 51 is displaced into the tubular braking
component
54 in the axial direction. In this position, the braking component 54 is
penetrated by
the magnetic field of the magnets 52 of the magnetic component 51, so that
upon a
rotation of the braking component 54 around the magnetic component 51, eddy
currents are induced in the braking component 54 and a resulting braking
torque is
generated. This position is referred to as the braking position.
To displace the magnetic component 51 to the braking position, the magnetic
component 51 is connected with a centrifugal device 60.
The centrifugal device 60 has a first centrifugal disk 61, a second
centrifugal disk 62,
and a centrifugal body 63. Upon a rotation of the component parts in a
direction in
which the conveyor roller is to be retarded, the centrifugal body 63 is pushed
outward
by the centrifugal force, wherein it pushes apart the first centrifugal disk
61 and the
second centrifugal disk 62 in the axial direction with respect to the axis of
rotation. To
this end, in the illustrated embodiment, a first centrifugal disk face 641 and
a second
centrifugal disk face 642 are provided on the first centrifugal disk 61 and on
the
second centrifugal disk 62, respectively. In the illustrated embodiment, the
two
centrifugal disk faces 642, 642 have a radially outward inclination toward the

adjacent centrifugal disk 61, 62, respectively.
Here, the first centrifugal disk 61 is formed integrally on the magnet carrier
53.
Accordingly, the magnet carrier 53 is displaced to the braking position
together with
the first centrifugal disk 61 against the spring force of the spring element
66 when the
centrifugal body 63 is pushed outward by the centrifugal force.
Figure 4 shows a side view of the second centrifugal disk 62 of the
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In the illustrated view, it can be seen that the first centrifugal disk 623
has centrifugal
passages 64, the first centrifugal disk face each being arranged at the bottom
of the
centrifugal passage 64. In the lateral direction, the centrifugal passages 64
are
delimited by side walls that guide the three illustrated centrifugal bodies
63, which
When the conveyor roller 10 rotates in a second direction of rotation opposite
to the
first direction of rotation, the balls do not roll into the centrifugal
passages 64, but
from the positions shown in Figure 4 in the direction of the arrows shown in
Figure 5.
In the direction of the arrows there extend the freewheeling passages 65,
which are
Figures 6a and 6b show two corresponding centrifugal disks 61, 62 of a further
embodiment of a conveyor roller 10 with a centrifugal lock 67 in a locking
position in
which the freewheeling function is activated. Here, on the first centrifugal
disk 61, on
which the brake drive and the magnetic component 51 are provided in this
corresponding passage openings of the second centrifugal disk 62. The latching

elements 68 of the centrifugal lock 67 each have a latching side 681, which
each has
a hook-shaped projection in the embodiment illustrated.
the freewheeling function is activated, the hook-shaped projections engage
corresponding locking faces 69 of the second centrifugal disk 62 from behind.
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position of the centrifugal disks 61, 62, the centrifugal lock 67 locks the
centrifugal
disks 61, 62 relative to each other in a direction parallel to the axis of
rotation. The
centrifugal body cannot push the centrifugal disks 61, 62 apart even at higher

speeds.
Figures 7a and 7b show the corresponding centrifugal disks 61, 62 of Figures
6a
and 6b in an unlocked position in which the braking function of the magnetic
brake
50 is provided.
In this position of the centrifugal disks 61, 62, the latching element 68 does
not lock
the two centrifugal disks 61, 62 relative to each other. Instead, in this
position, the
two centrifugal disks 61, 62 can be pushed apart by the centrifugal body
relative to
each other, so that the magnetic brake 50 can provide its braking force as the
speed
increases.
The centrifugal lock 67 can be configured such that the latching element 68 is

permanently arranged in the corresponding passage openings of the second
centrifugal disk 62. For example, the second centrifugal disk 62 can be
rotatably
supported on the axle element 40 and be arranged in a manner turnable relative
to
the first centrifugal disk 61, wherein a turn can be restricted by the
latching element
68 and the corresponding passage opening.
If, in such a configuration, the conveyor roller 10 starts in a direction in
which the
braking function of the magnetic brake 50 is to be provided at higher speeds,
the two
centrifugal disks 61, 62 can turn with respect to each other until an abutment
side
682 of the latching element abuts on one side of the corresponding passage
opening
corresponding to the latching element. The two centrifugal disks 61, 62 can
move
apart in an axial direction due to a corresponding, e.g. rectilinear
configuration of the
abutment side 682.
If the conveyor roller 10 starts in the other direction in which not braking
function is to
be provided even at higher speeds, the two centrifugal disks 61, 62 turn
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each other until the hook-shaped projection of the locking side 681 of the
latching
element 68 engages the locking face 69 from behind on the other side of the
passage opening and locks the two centrifugal disks 61, 62 in the axial
direction
relative to each other, so that the centrifugal body is held in a radially
inward position
even at higher speeds and is prevented from entering the centrifugal passage
64
even if the centrifugal force increases.
Figure 8 shows an exploded view of components of a further embodiment of the
conveyor roller 10 with a modified centrifugal device 60, which also has a
first
centrifugal disk 61, a second centrifugal disk 62, and ball-shaped centrifugal
bodies
63 arranged between the centrifugal disks 61, 62. Further, the embodiment
shown in
Figure 8 has a modified magnetic brake 50 compared to the above described
design.
The embodiment of Figure 8 is shown in an assembled state in Figure 9b in a
longitudinal view. Figure 9a shows a cross section through the conveyor
roller, in
which the second centrifugal disk 62 is shown.
The first centrifugal disk 61 and the second centrifugal disk 62 of the
embodiment
shown in Figures 8 and 9 are shown in a side view in Figure 10. Moreover, the
first
centrifugal disk 61 is shown in two isometric views from different directions
in Figure
11.
The centrifugal device 60 and the magnetic brake 50 of this further embodiment
will
be described in the following with reference to Figures 8 to 11. Here, mention
will
only be made of differences with respect to the embodiments described above
with
reference to Figures 1 and 7 in order to avoid unnecessary repetitions. It is
pointed
out that the centrifugal device 60 and the magnetic brake 50 can be used
individually
or together to modify the embodiments described above with reference to
Figures 1
and 7. Conversely, the remaining constructional features of the conveyor
roller can
also be used individually or in combination for the embodiment of the variant
of the
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In the illustrated magnetic brake, the magnet carrier, as shown in Figure 9b,
is fixedly
connected with the covering element 20. On the front side, the covering
element is
pressed, screwed, or welded onto a circumferential surface of the magnet
carrier 53.
In the illustrated embodiment, the magnet carrier 53 is formed as a front side
roller
5 cover. The magnet carrier 53 is rotatably supported on the axle element
40 via a
roller bearing. Accordingly, the magnet carrier 53 can rotate about the axle
element
40 together with the covering element 20.
Attached on the magnet carrier 53 is an annular pole shoe, which can also be
10 referred to as an anchor ring 56. Magnets 52 with alternating polarities
are anchored
on the radially outward, outer circumferential surface of the anchor ring 56.
The
anchor ring 56 is made of a ferromagnetic material, which conducts and bundles
the
magnetic flow due to the high permeability thereof. In the illustrated
embodiment, the
magnet carrier 53 and the covering element 20 are also made of metal or a
metal
15 alloy, in particular of a ferromagnetic material with a high
permeability, so that a
scattering of the force line exiting the poles of the magnets can be reduced
and the
magnetic flow in the circular gap between the magnets 52 and the covering
element
20 is increased.
20 In the gap between the magnets 52 and the covering element 20 there can
be
displaced the circular-cylindrical braking component 54 toward the braking
position
thereof.
In the illustrated embodiment, the first centrifugal disk 61 is integrally
connected with
25 the brake drive 55. In this embodiment, the brake drive 55 is formed as
a sun gear of
a second gear stage 72 of a gearing 70.
The first centrifugal disk 61 has spacers 611, which restrict or prevent a
movement of
the first centrifugal disk 61 toward the magnet carrier 53 in a direction
parallel to the
axis of rotation of the covering element. Thus, it is ensured that the brake
drive 55
formed as a sun gear cannot be disengaged from the corresponding planetary
gears.
Hence, the braking function is also ensured if the spring element 66, which
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the second centrifugal disk 62 toward the first centrifugal disk 61, breaks.
In this
case, the second centrifugal disk 62 with the braking component 54 arranged
thereon can be displaced to the braking position and would remain in the
braking
position even at low speeds. In this case, the conveyor roller would generate
a
braking torque already at low speeds, so that the defect of the spring element
can be
easily detected from outside, so that the conveyor roller can be exchanged or
serviced.
In the illustrated embodiment, the spacers 611 are formed by three finger-
shaped
projections arranged integrally on the first centrifugal disk 61. On the
second
centrifugal disk 62 there are provided recesses 621, which correspond to the
spacers
611, through which the finger-shaped projections project.
List of Reference Numerals
10 conveyor roller
covering element
15 30 bearing
40 axle element
50 magnetic brake
51 magnetic component
52 magnet
20 53 magnet carrier
54 braking component
55 brake drive
56 anchor ring
60 centrifugal device
=
61 first centrifugal disk
611 spacer
62 second centrifugal disk
621 recess

CA 02793091 2012-09-13
WO 2011/128102
PCT/EP2011/001904
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63 centrifugal body
64 centrifugal passage
641 first centrifugal disk face
642 second centrifugal disk face
65 freewheeling passage
66 spring element
67 centrifugal lock
68 latching element
69 locking face
70 gearing
71 first gear stage
72 second gear stage
73 ring gear
74 planetary gear
75 sun gear
76 planet carrier

A single figure which represents the drawing illustrating the invention.

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Title Date
Forecasted Issue Date 2014-08-12
(86) PCT Filing Date 2011-04-14
(87) PCT Publication Date 2011-11-20
(85) National Entry 2012-09-13
Examination Requested 2012-09-13
(45) Issued 2014-08-12

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Fee Type Anniversary Year Due Date Amount Paid Paid Date
Request for Examination $800.00 2012-09-13
Filing $400.00 2012-09-13
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 2 2013-04-15 $100.00 2013-03-11
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 3 2014-04-14 $100.00 2014-03-17
Final Fee $300.00 2014-06-02
Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 4 2015-04-14 $100.00 2015-04-10
Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 5 2016-04-14 $200.00 2016-03-31
Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 6 2017-04-18 $200.00 2017-03-31
Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 7 2018-04-16 $200.00 2018-03-12
Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 8 2019-04-15 $200.00 2019-02-18
Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 9 2020-04-14 $200.00 2020-04-01
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Current Owners on Record
INTERROLL HOLDING AG
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Abstract 2012-09-13 1 23
Claims 2012-09-13 4 131
Drawings 2012-09-13 7 167
Description 2012-09-13 27 1,216
Representative Drawing 2012-09-13 1 33
Cover Page 2012-11-14 2 63
Claims 2014-02-04 4 131
Description 2014-02-04 27 1,214
Representative Drawing 2014-07-24 1 21
Cover Page 2014-07-24 1 56
Fees 2013-03-11 1 44
PCT 2012-09-13 3 120
Assignment 2012-09-13 3 109
Prosecution-Amendment 2013-12-13 2 45
Prosecution-Amendment 2014-02-04 7 224
Fees 2014-03-17 1 53
Correspondence 2014-06-02 1 47
Fees 2015-04-10 1 62
Fees 2016-03-31 1 54
Fees 2017-03-31 1 60
Fees 2018-03-12 1 60
Fees 2019-02-18 1 59
Fees 2020-03-20 1 33